Nuclear energy proposed for production of shale oil

Nuclear energy is being proposed as an alternative to gas-powered electricity as a heat source for in situ shale oil recovery in the US.Nuclear engineer Charles W. Forsberg of the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., described the proposal at the American Nuclear Society’s 2006 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants in Reno, Nev., June 7.He said nuclear heat could be used to extract the vast US oil shale deposits more economically and in a much more environmentally benign manner than traditional oil shale recovery methods. Forsberg is senior scientist and senior reactor technical advisor for the lab’s Nuclear Scie...

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